kurumi2117 Posted September 28, 2013 Share Posted September 28, 2013 I'm planning on applying to a mix of PhD programs in school psychology, developmental psychology, and human development and family studies for the fall 2014 application season. I was wondering if anyone could evaluate my current specs and provide suggestions for how to become a more competitive applicant. GPA: Undergraduate (major: Psychology)- cumulative= 3.25, UD= 3.97. Graduate (concentration: Developmental Psychopathology)- 3.9. Both degrees are from a small rural state university that is not competitive. I have significant coursework in advanced research methods and statistics. GRE practice tests: (I haven't studied yet) V: 158 and Q: 155 TA: 2 semesters for a special education teaching credential class, 1 semester for an upper division family studies class RA: 2 semesters in a developmental lab working on a project involving curriculum design and implementation for preschoolers. I'm also currently working on a Master's thesis examining couple relationships and child maltreatment history through a developmental/attachment theory lens. No presentations or publications, but I'm hoping by next year...? Work experience: I've worked at my university's counseling center for the last 3 years. This year, I'm also working as a GA on the design, implementation, and evaluation of a life skills curriculum for incoming freshman. Volunteer experience: two semesters as an early literacy tutor for at-risk youth. Also am semi-active on county child abuse and mental health collaborative initiatives. Broad research interest/career goals: social/emotional development, child maltreatment, diverse/underserved populations (e.g. Hispanic and LGBT youth), families and family-community connections, prevention/intervention research. I would ideally like to do research, teach, and work in the community as a career goal. My concerns: I worry that my varied experiences will make me seem all over the place or uncommitted to any one field. I also worry about my university's lack of prestige, my lower undergraduate cumulative GPA, and my lack of presentations/publications. Do I stand a chance at competitive programs with 60+ applicants for 5-8 spots? What should I try to add over the course of the next year to become more competitive? Thanks in advance! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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